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  • Debt ceiling: Why Sunday could be make-or-break day for 'grand bargain'

    President Obama is pushing for a comprehensive deal to raise the debt ceiling and trim long-term deficits. But any big deal will require arm-twisting in Congress, and time is running out.
    07/08/2011 10:03 am

  • Affordable colleges: a new tool for cost comparison

    Affordable colleges might be easier to track down now with a new online tool out from the US Department of Education, which compares the cost of attending different kinds of institutions. We put together a list of the most and least expensive 4-year or longer institutions, in three categories: public institutions, not-for-profit institutions, and for-profit institutions. Prices are based on the "net cost" of each, which is the average price after grants or scholarship aid is subtracted from the total cost of attendance. Often, the average net cost is quite different from an institution's listed tuition. The numbers here are based on costs for the 2008-2009 academic year.
    07/06/2011 03:16 pm

  • The Daily Reckoning Who's more productive: Switzerland or Wyoming?

    Contrary to arguments that European social democracy is a success, a new ranking of US versus European states has American states ahead of fabled European powers.
    06/24/2011 11:29 pm

  • How can Congress cut $2.4 trillion? Here are three places to start.

    As an Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling nears, Congress is getting serious about where to find major spending cuts. Republicans have vowed not to support a potential $2.4 trillion increase to the debt ceiling unless they get an equal amount of budget savings to offset the increase. Finding $2.4 trillion in spending cuts is not easy, but Congress's search is beginning to show some signs of promise. In particular, three programs long protected by big, bipartisan majorities in the past now appear vulnerable.
    06/17/2011 09:29 pm

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day: 06/17
  • In Pictures Rascally raccoons
  • In Pictures Missouri floods
  • Stefan Karlsson The official unemployment rate, and the hidden one

    As the official unemployment rate rises, so does the number of people who quit looking for a job out of discouragement
    06/13/2011 10:24 am

  • Wichita, Kan., experiences bizarre 'heat burst'

    Temperatures suddenly rocketed up in Wichita, Kan., in the early hours of June 9. What caused it?
    06/10/2011 07:56 pm

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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